Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

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The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.Allard PiersonThe name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.FoundingThe second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I was expecting a bigger Museum. There were ancient Egypt has mixed things, both the objects of ancient Rome. From the descriptions I was expecting to see Egyptian mummies and many more objects. I expected a little more.
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  • August 11, 2017
    If like me you've been in Egypt speaks to this museum you probably already more than average. It is a museum of the old stamp ' so you also get a real museum, something that nowadays not always sure (e.g. Eye). Because I also in the national museum of Antiquities in Leiden (RFO) come you automatically compare. And then this m.i. a 7 and Rfo a 8.5. Real beauty's ' out there ' just above the jump they have here not really, in lead. The Allard Pierson looks down what dated, upstairs is the more up to date and you can see that everything is going in a new jacket. Will definitely come again when complete and open. For the enthusiast pelagics so all is Rfo in lead a class better.
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  • June 27, 2017
    I dont know if I just have high standards for archaeology but I felt a bit bad that this is all that Amsterdam could present in (what I believe to be) it's main archaeology museum. Only worth a visit ...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    The displays were amazing but most objects were copies. This museum did inspire though, there were Egyptian, Greek and Roman sections. I would return on a cooler day though, it was warm and stuffy inside. I would also warm English speakers, there was very little in English. The majority of the displays were only in Dutch.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great place full of fantastic artefacts. Can even help assemble pottery from Amsterdam canals sess pits
  • May 17, 2017
    The usual stuff for this type of museum. There was not much yo see actually... It was ok. Egyptian history is always interesting I guess.
  • February 23, 2017
    Excellent for classical civilization based research. Some excellent red on black extant finds and Ancient Olympics related evidence.
  • January 5, 2017
    Went here 2 weeks ago. While parts of museum were closed what remained can keep you focused and busy for hours. This is highly recommended place.

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